Bruce’s Reading Round-Up: The Unexpectedly Charming Picture Book Edition…

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Saddle up them reading glasses partners, because we’ve got some rustling to do….rustling pages that is! Okay, I’ll give up on the sad dad jokes and just get on with today’s Reading Round-up for the littlies and those that appreciate a charming and quirky picture book. I received each of these titles from their respective publishers via Netgalley.

First up, we have an ingenious book about dads gone astray.

The Bureau of Misplaced Dads (Eric Veille and Pauline Martin)

Two Sentence Synopsis: misplaced dads

When a little boy’s father isn’t where he left him the Bureau of Misplaced Dads steps in to help. But what will happen if the boy can’t find his father amongst the delightful and diverse group of dads waiting to be found?

Muster up the motivation because:

Apart from the charming illustrations and the general sense of realistic whimsy associated with a Bureau of Misplaced Dads (one can’t quite imagine a Bureau of Misplaced Mums, somehow!), this is a fun, original and reassuring take on the common fear of losing a parent. The collection of dads at the Bureau (ranging from Ancient dads of the classical era, to circus dads and everything in between) is hilarious and while the boy never comes close to choosing a replacement father, there’s a subtle undercurrent begging the question regarding the special characteristics of one’s own father when compared to these available specimens. The cheering ending is heart-warming and funny … although I was left wondering how long it would be before the Bureau dads found their owners.

Brand it with:

Lost and found, fathers and sons, bureaucracy gone mad, having a mummy look

Now for a trip into mythology!

I Know Sasquatch (Jess Bradley)

Two Sentence Synopsis: i know a sasquatch

You always thought Sasquatch was a big stinky furball stomping around in the wilderness, am I right? Well, according to this young adventurer, nothing could be further from the truth!

Muster up the motivation because:

This is a delightfully modern take on the legend of the Bigfoot. The Sasquatch himself is so cute and charming that Mad Martha was almost spurred on to make a crochet version of him to join us on the shelf. This would be a fantastic book for young readers investigating myths and legends to explore different ways in which “monsters” have been portrayed over the years. Apart from that, it’s just a fun romp through the woods with a bubble-gum chewing, blue, furry friend.

Brand it with:

Monsters, defying stereotypes, woodland creatures

And finally, one for those who are scared of things that go bump in the night…

Even Monsters Say Goodnight (Doreen Mulryan Marts)

Two Sentence Synopsis:  even monsters say goodnight

When Avery expresses concerns about where monsters might sleep on Halloween, her mother starts to explain the various sleeping habitats of all your favourite monsters. Who’d sleep under a kid’s bed when there are so many other places a monster could choose?

Muster up the motivation because:

This is a wonderful resource for parents of children who are scared of monsters under the bed. In fun, explanatory style Avery’s mother goes through a range of different monsters and explains where they sleep. As the monsters settle down in their abodes, so does little Avery and by the end even Halloween doesn’t seem so scary. The clever use of speech bubbles, text and pictures is appealing and overall this is a polished offering that should earn a regular place in the before-bed rotation.

Brand it with:

Monstrous habitats, Halloween de-scarifying, bedtime rituals

I hope you’ve found something in there to catch your eye. For those looking for books for slightly older readers, stay tuned for a YA Reading Round-Up on Monday (which oddly enough, also features a Sasquatch!).

Until next time,

Bruce

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